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Opinion: Uranium swap declaration improved Turkey's hand

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The joint declaration of the ministers of foreign affairs of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed on Monday came as a surprise to the international community. But the United States’ reaction to the uranium swap agreement, and the Turkish interpretation of this reaction, once more highlighted the gap between the U.S. and Turkey in their approaches to what is one of the most important issues on the transatlantic agenda.

NATO contemplates a broader mission

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Eleven years ago, few people other than south-Asia watchers had any idea what the Taliban was, much less could have imagined why more than 100,000 soldiers would be needed to fight it. At that time, the world’s premier military alliance, NATO, had never fought a ground war, operated outside of Europe, or invoked its Article 5 collective-defense clause.  But Sept. 11, 2001 changed everything for the alliance. Well, almost everything.

Greece gets unexpected helping hand

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Greece, embroiled in its worst economic crisis in living memory, has received an offer of support from an unexpected source. While the headlines are filled with strikes and violent riots in Athens, as the country staggers under $400 billion in debt, increasingly expensive repayments and a junk status credit rating, Turkey is reaching out diplomatically and — the Greeks hope — soon financially. Turkey's rise as a powerful regional actor stands in contrast to the trajectory of its age-old rival across the Aegean.

Turkey’s Iran-US Tightrope

 Top News: As the Obama administration pushes for tougher international sanctions against Iran, Turkey has emerged as a key player in the controversy. Wedged between the Middle East and the West in terms of politics as well as geography, Turkey is using its unique situation to mediate between Iran and the West.

Turkish city embraces all identities

Editor's note: In the fourth century B.C., Alexander the Great forged a path from Greece through the modern Middle East to Persia. It was a path of conquest that empires would follow through the ages. Traces of each can be seen today in the culture, monuments, continuing military presence and people along the route, which ended for Alexander in Babylon, in modern-day Iraq. In this project, GlobalPost correspondent Theodore May sets out to see how Alexander’s influence lives on.

A Turkish tale of two summits

Editor's note: Iran and the United States on Monday squared off over U.S.-led efforts to strengthen the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty during a treaty review conference at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Looking for a way forward on Armenia

VAN, Turkey — Beyond Turkey’s borders, the Armenian diaspora have been fighting for years to have the forced deportations and massacres of Armenians in the early 21st century officially recognized as genocide — a response to Ankara’s persistent refusal to acknowledge the crimes of its predecessors.

Turkey, Armenians and the word "genocide"

VAKIFLI KOYU, Turkey — From the window of 97-year-old Avadis Demirci’s living room, the view stretches out onto a solitary cobbled road and the long view of history. Unlike surrounding villages bustling with activity, here only the sound of birds and the occasional labored footsteps of another elderly resident interrupt the quiet. Demirci’s walls are covered in the framed paintings of his artist son and portraits of his grandchildren. But his son no longer lives here. Like most others under the age of 50 he has left.

Living with genocide: an Armenian story

Opinion: Turkey and Armenia must move ahead

ISTANBUL, Turkey — As April 24 approaches, Armenians and Turks will once again be watching U.S. President Barack Obama to see how he describes this day of remembrance for the 1915 mass killings and deportations of Ottoman Armenians. Last year, he chose to call the events by their Armenian term, Meds Yegherns or “great catastrophe.” For many Armenians, who insist that the only appropriate term is genocide, this was not enough. But, for many Turks it was too much.
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